Six Nations 2013: Halfpenny says players owe Howley a performance

SIX NATIONS: FRANCE V WALES

  • Venue: Stade de France, Paris
  • Date: Saturday, 9 February
  • Kick-off: 17:00 GMT

Coverage: Watch live on BBC One Wales, BBC One HD, Red Button and online; listen on BBC Radio Wales & online and BBC Radio Cymru; live text commentary on BBC Sport website; watch again on BBC iPlayer; highlights on Sunday's Scrum V

Leigh Halfpenny says the the Wales team owe interim coach Rob Howley a big performance after their Six Nations defeat against Ireland.

Wales face France in Paris on Saturday trying to avoid a ninth consecutive Test match defeat.

Blues full back Halfpenny was one of the few Welsh successes in the 22-30 loss against Ireland , and believes the players must make things up to the coach.

"We owe him big time," he said.

"It's the job of the people out on the pitch to put in a performance.

Wales' losing run

  • 9 June 2012: Australia 27-19 Wales
  • 16 June 2012: Australia 25-23 Wales
  • 23 June 2012: Australia 20-19 Wales
  • 10 November 2012: Wales 12-26 Argentina
  • 16 November 2012: Wales 19-26 Samoa
  • 24 November 2012: Wales 10-33 New Zealand
  • 1 December 2012: Wales 12-14 Australia
  • 2 February 2013: Wales 22-30 Ireland

"We were prepared the best we could be, given every bit of information that we needed so that we're fully prepared going in to the game.

"It's the players on the pitch that have the job of winning the game for Wales."

Howley has been in charge for six of the run of eight defeats.

Head coach Warren Gatland took charge for the autumn Tests against New Zealand and Australia before resuming his duties as coach of the British and Irish Lions.

The interim coaching team have come under the spotlight, especially after the team's poor first half display against Ireland which resulted in them trailing 23-3 at half time.

However Halfpenny, who contributed 12 points with a try, two conversions and a penalty, believes it's now up to the players to make amends.

"It's now about reacting well," he said.

"The mark of a good team is the way they bounce back from disappointment, and what Saturday is about is us reacting positively and putting in a good performance out in Paris.

"And we really [have to] show on Saturday what it means to wear that Welsh jersey."